President Obama's longtime personal physician has weighed in on the subject of Hillary Clinton's health.
Although Clinton's doctor pronounced her fit to serve as president in a July 2015 letter, conspiracy theorists and others have speculated about brain damage, seizures, Parkinson's disease, and other alleged maladies afflicting the Democrat presidential nominee. The subject of Hillary Clinton's health has become a hot topic on social media evidenced by the trending hashtag #HillarysHealth and has subsequently made its way into the mainstream news media.
In July 2015, the campaign released information indicating that Hillary Clinton takes prescriptions for an underactive thyroid and for blood clots. Clinton suffered a concussion in 2012.
During an interview with Erin Burnett on CNN last night, Dr. David Scheiner, Obama's former physician, insisted that the two-page doctor's note is insufficient to put the matter to rest, as is the one-pager issued by Trump's medical provider.
"There are a number of questions I have. First of all, she's also 68 years old, and while I think that medical letter was well written and was very professional, unlike Dr. Bornstein's, it's not enough. For example, she's on Coumadin, a medication to prevent blood clots…I'd like to know how well she's being controlled. That's a difficult drug to use. Also, I think she should have…a thorough neurological examination in 2016. We know what happens to football players, how they begin to lose their cognitive ability. I think both of them should release their records."In his comments, Scheiner was throwing shade on a four-paragraph letter from Trump doctor Harold Bornstein describing the New York real estate mogul as "the healthiest individual ever elected to the presidency," should he be successful on November 8.
"The [Sheiner] interview comes as Trump has been calling into question Clinton's health, saying earlier this month that she 'lacks the mental and physical stamina to take on' the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS)," The Hill explained. "Scheiner also critiqued Donald Trump's health, saying he believes the GOP nominee needs to release real medical records that include information like height and weight."
A resident of the upscale Hyde Park enclave in Chicago, Dr. Scheiner retired in August 2014 after 35 years practicing medicine. Scheiner is a champion of universal healthcare but not Obamacare apparently because, in his opinion, it enriched Big Pharma and Big Insurance, the Hyde Park Herald noted.
"During the [CNN] interview, Scheiner recalled warmly his letter of fitness for Obama, when he was a candidate for president, describing him as a man who was youthful and built of 'solid muscle,'" Breitbart News added.
Parenthetically, shortly after expressing grave concerns during a Los Angeles radio interview about Hillary Clinton's health and what he considered primitive healthcare treatment she was receiving, Dr. Drew Pinsky, the ubiquitous TV physician and board-certified internist, lost his gig on CNN sister network HLN. According to what an insider told the Wrap, HLN supposedly decided to cancel his show well before Pinsky's controversial radio comments, however. Dr. Drew's last show on HLN will air on September 22.
In a tweet last Sunday, the GOP presidential nominee vowed to disclose detailed medical records if his rival will do the same.Perhaps fueling the rumors about her health over the past few months, Hillary Clinton has suffered several coughing fits on the campaign trail and reportedly cleared her throat 22 times during her presidential nomination acceptance speech in Philadelphia in July.
About two weeks ago, for what it's worth, the hashtag #HillarysStools started trending because the former secretary of state seems to sit down a lot on stage during campaign rallies.
Although Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are roughly the same age, and neither could be described as slim, the GOP nominee maintains a full schedule of rallies and (often contentious) media interviews, while Clinton follows a relatively light event schedule, and has not held a press conference in nearly one year. In addition to nonstop nationwide campaigning, Trump also recently visited the Louisiana flood zone and today met with the president of Mexico in Mexico City before jetting back to Phoenix for tonight's speech on immigration.
Matt Drudge, the impresario of the high-traffic Drudge Report, stirred things up on the internet recently when he posted a picture from last February that purports to show Hillary Clinton needing help to climb some stairs.Video of Hillary Clinton supposedly encountering difficulties getting out of an SUV has also circulated on the web this week.Incidentally, Dr. Scheiner is by no means on the Trump train. In response to Erin Burnett's question about for whom he will cast a ballot on Election Day, the doctor replied that "I have misgivings about Hillary Clinton but by far she's superior to [Donald Trump]; he scares the devil out of me."
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